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circumlocution (s) (noun), circumlocutions (pl)
1. The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language: A circumlocution involves the use of several or many words instead of one or a few of them.
2. An evasion in speech or writing instead of speaking or writing directly to the point: Mr. Hill, the principal, usually used indirect statements or circumlocutions when the teachers asked him specific questions about what to do in certain situations while teaching.
3. A roundabout or indirect way of expressing oneself: Mrs. Thompson told her student, “Now, no more circumlocution, let me know exactly what you want to tell me.”
4. A description of a person who is using long words; especially, when verbal construction utilizing less amplification might represent a more naturally efficacious phraseology: Billy's use of circumlocution lengthened his report to his teacher; however, it resulted in his having a lower grade.
A doctor is using circumlocution instead of utilizing a direct explanation for the kind of medical treatment which he proposes.

Now, we are going to try vis medicatrix naturae* during your final days in the hospital.

*. . . the healing power of nature.
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An overuse of many words when a few will be sufficient.
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Using a lot of words when one or two would be adequate.
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